Builders

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

On 14 September 2015 the Construction Occupations Registrar declared a new Mandatory Qualifications Schedule that an individual must meet before they are issued with a builders licence. This can be viewed here: http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2015-530/default.asp
Most notably to the changes is the requirements around building work experience however to see all changes read the explanatory statement accompanying the Mandatory Qualifications Schedule.
All applicants must provide evidence of two years full time building work experience. Of these two years, one year full time must have been undertaken post the date the qualification (being used to obtain the licence) was issued. An applicant’s licence application will be refused unless the application is made twelve months after the date their qualification was issued.
The experience must also represent the applicant’s knowledge of building technology and the applicant has mandatory experience requirements.
The Construction Occupations Registrar also approved a suite of forms that applicants must use in order to demonstrate their eligibility with the requirements.
To view the new application and associated documents please go to the legislation register at http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2004-12/af.asp. defined terms in the new Mandatory Qualifications Schedule.

Any applicants who are considering applying for a builders licence in the future should check this page frequently for more information from the Construction Occupations Registrar or email constructionoccupationsregulation@act.gov.au.

Types of licences

Builders can have a class A, B, C or D licence. Separate licensing applies to owner-builders.

Functions of different licence classes

Different classes of licence have different functions, which are set out in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation. This regulation isamended from time to time. The classesare:

Class A Builder (unlimited)*

  • building work other than specialist building work or handling asbestos.

This licence permits building work of unlimited height on any Building Code of Australia (BCA) class of work.

Class B Builder (medium rise)*

a)building work (other than specialist building work or handling asbestos) in relation to a building that isthree storeys or lower; and

b)basic building work.

Class C Builder (low rise - residential)*

a)building work (other than specialist building work or handling asbestos) in relation to a building that is two storeys or lower and is a class 1, 2 or 10a building; and

b)building work (other than specialist building work or handling asbestos) in relation to a building that is a class 10b structure (other than a swimming pool or swimming pool fence) and is ancillary to a building mentioned in paragraph (a); and

c)basic building work.

Class D Builder*

  • non-structural basic building work, other than specialist building work or handling asbestos.

Endorsements may apply to a Class D builder's licence (see licence restrictions and endorsements for more information.

The definitions aboveonlyapplyto open licences (i.e. licences with no conditions, restrictions or endorsements)

Licence restrictions and endorsements

Any class of builder’s licence may be issued with a condition, restriction or endorsement. More

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